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show these underwater creatures draw large crowds, drive more than $300 million to the city and state and help maintain over 3300 jobs. >> it helps us to understand really the impact that we're making in the community. >> reporter: the aquarium commission report comes just as the nonprofit receives a grant from the state to help renovate its rate trade exhibit. >> the 2.5 million dollars that the state made available to us, to help support that project is very, very important. to us, remaining vital and relevant. really providing new things for our visitors. >> the report also shows that after people who come to the national aquarium annually. >> what does that mean for marylanders? how do they benefit? >> because people are coming from out of town, money that they earn elsewhere that they're spending here. so everyone from maryland benefits from that. >> reporter: translation, out- of-towners spend money funneled right back here to our city. our very own backyard. >> and because there have been so many out-of-towners visiting the aquarium
: that's the city's main attraction for handley and other visitors this year, according to a new report. numbers show these underwater creatures show large crowds, draw 1.4 million visitors to the state. and helps maintain 333 jobs. >> it helps us to understand the impact we're making to the community. >> reporter: this comes as they received a nonprofit grant from the state. >> the $2.5 million that the state made available to us to help support that project was very, very important. to us, remaining vital and relevant, really providing new things for our visitors. >> reporter: the report also shows that people who come to the national aquarium annually, more than half of them are from out of state. >> what does that mean for in immediaters? how do they benefit? >> because people are coming from out of town, money that they spend else where, they're spending here. everyone from maryland benefit from that. >> reporter: translation, they spend on food, lodging, transportation. money funneled back into our own city, our very own backyard. >> r
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